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Update for October 20, 2017

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Special Session Begins Monday

As you probably know at this point, the Governor has called the Legislature into a 4th Special Session to consider his new tax bill and Senate Bill 54, which makes a few changes to the criminal justice overhaul (Senate Bill 91) passed last year. The Special Session will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, and hearings on those bills will start thereafter. Here is the schedule that we have so far:

  • House State Affairs Committee: Senate Bill 54 Oct. 23 at 12:30 p.m.
  • House Judiciary Committee: Senate Bill 54 Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.
  • House Judiciary Committee: Senate Bill 54 Oct. 24 at 9 a.m.
  • Senate Finance, Judiciary Joint Committee: Crime and Justice Policy Review Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.
  • Senate Finance, Judiciary Joint Committee: Crime and Justice Policy Review Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m..
  • House Finance Committee: To Be Announced Oct. 24 at 1:00 p.m.
  • House Finance Committee: To Be Announced Oct. 25 at 1:00 p.m.
  • House Finance Committee: To Be Announced Oct. 26 at 1:00 p.m.
  • House Finance Committee: To Be Announced Oct. 27 at 1:00 p.m.

If you’d like to watch or listen to any of these hearings, you can visit akleg.gov and click on the “Live Now” tab. We will keep you posted as the Special Session moves forward.

 

Anchorage Homelessness Survey

As part of the Anchorage Community Plan to End Homelessness, several organizations working to address homelessness (e.g. Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, United Way of Anchorage, Municipality of Anchorage) have developed a survey to understand the Anchorage community’s impressions of homelessness and to gauge the willingness of people surveyed to tackle the issue.

You can help by taking this survey – 10 minutes of your time will provide invaluable information. This information will be used to determine how we can work together to make homelessness as rare and brief as possible.

All information will remain confidential.

Also, if you want to share this through your personal networks, social media pages, etc., please do so – and take it yourself. It’s open through Nov. 3rd.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/plantoendhomelessness

 

Keeping Your Vehicle Safe

We’ve officially entered that time of the year where it’s become necessary to start our cars early in the morning to warm up! However, leaving your car running and unlocked with the keys in it makes it a prime target for thieves. Given the substantial increase in car thefts, and the compounding issue of winter closing in, our office wants to make sure you take the right steps to keep your vehicle from being stolen.

One of the best options to ensure your vehicle heats up and remains safe while running without you in it is to have an auto start/remote start installed. For those who don’t know, an auto start or remote start is a “a radio-controlled device, which is installed in a vehicle by the factory or an aftermarket installer to preheat or cool the vehicle before the owner gets into it. Once activated, by pushing a button on a special keychain remote, it starts the vehicle automatically for a predetermined time.”

The great benefit of an auto start is that your vehicle can start and run, and remain locked at the same time. Furthermore, most auto starts shut your car off if someone gets in and taps the breaks without having the keys in the ignition – hence stopping a thief who breaks in thinking they can get away with your running vehicle.

In Anchorage, a considerable number of businesses exist that install auto start devices for reasonable fares. An entry level auto start will run you anywhere from $200 to 275, while auto starts that are operated from your smart phone likely cost $500 or more.

We encourage you to research and find an auto start that best meets your needs and budget. If an auto start is not attainable the next best thing would be to lock your vehicle while it warms up, and have a second set of keys handy to unlock it when you’re ready to head to work!

 

New Route Along the Seward Highway!

Working in conjunction with contractor QAP, the Alaska Department of Transportation is working diligently to complete as much work along the Seward Highway and impacted access roads before the snow hits. DOT’s weekly update of the large project is below with new information regarding traffic patterns.

Road Closure

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN: Southbound Seward Highway traffic has transitioned onto the newly constructed southbound Seward Highway. Northbound Seward Highway traffic is now on the newly constructed northbound Seward Highway. Note that this traffic configuration is temporary and only in effect through the winter. Additional work to complete the project will occur next year.

What You Need to Know

  • To receive email updates about this project, email SewardDowlingDimond@spawnak.com 

Special Accommodations Contact:

Those people who reside in construction zones and may require special accommodations should call the DOT Highway Construction Engineer at 907-269-0450 (TTY 907-269-0473).

admin @ October 20, 2017

Update for October 13, 2017

Posted in: Anchorage Issues, Announcements, General, Public Safety | Comments (0)

Happy Friday the Thirteenth! We hope you’ve had a lovely week, and are looking forward to a restful and relaxing weekend.

Senate Bill 91 Testimony and Survey!

As you most likely are aware, over the past two months Anchorage has been full of opportunities for residents to share and discuss experiences and solutions regarding crime. One of the most prevalent topics of discussion is whether to repeal, change or maintain Senate Bill 91 (SB 91). Our office has been so grateful to attend and participate in many of these community dialogues, and to have heard from so many in Anchorage. Most recently, we attended the Anchorage Assembly’s public testimony meeting regarding SB 91, and listened to over 100 people from across the city.

However, we want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to speak up and share their thoughts. Therefore, we have created a very brief survey on SB 91. Please take a minute to respond to the 2 quick questions on the survey, and if you’d like to share more, give us a call or send us an email!

 

Tip-A-Cop

 

Burgers, bottomless French fries and the opportunity to support Special Olympics Alaska? Now that sounds like my kind of lunch/dinner!

Join Special Olympics Alaska and Red Robin for Tip-A-Cop on Thursday, October 19 at BOTH Red Robin locations in Anchorage (Dimond & Tikatnu) for lunch or dinner (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.).

Local law enforcement personnel and athletes will be serving and raising money for Special Olympics Alaska athletes statewide. Come thank them for their service and give ’em a tip! 100% of the donations will benefit Special Olympics Alaska athletes statewide!

 

Securing Your Property

As our office was walking the District again this week we noticed many trailers, motorcycles, plows, boats, ATVS, campers and snow machines without locks or chains, and sitting in driveways or yards totally unsecured. Unfortunately, given the rash of vehicle and large ticket item thefts in town, it is no longer wise nor safe to leave your property (especially expensive pieces of cherished equipment) unsecured.

We want to help you prevent having your Alaskan toys, which you worked hard for, stolen and trashed. Hence, we strongly encourage everyone who has a trailer, ATVS, snow machines, boat or any other large expensive piece of equipment stored at their home to immediately get heavy duty locks and chains to prevent its theft.

Below are some different examples of locks/theft prevention systems you and your neighbors should employ to protect your property.

 

Farmer’s Markets Wrapping Up

This weekend, take a break from your pre-winter chores and check out the final harvest from our great local farms! Most farmer’s markets in Anchorage will be wrapping up this Saturday, but still have amazing veggies, meats and other delicious offerings to share. For a list of, and information about the markets around town, check out this recent article:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/food-drink/2017/10/03/dont-miss-the-last-weekend-of-the-year-for-several-popular-farmers-markets/

Identifying Nuisance Properties

For those of you dealing with consistent crime in your neighborhood, specifically crime activity located at individual properties, we want to share with you a tactic described to us by a man who attended our crime townhall. After witnessing countless drug deals, cars coming at all hours of the night, people passing out in vehicles in front of the home, stolen property always circulating around, and trash and junk accumulating at a house across the street from him, this man began to call APD continuously and report the criminal activity at this property.

After the 8th call and response to a property, APD can begin assessing $500 fines (per visit) against the homeowner. This strategy helped motivate the landlord of said “problem property” to evict the current tenants and clean up the place. This type of similar occurrence has been reported on.

If you are experiencing such an issue in your neighborhood, don’t give up and think that nothing can be done! Give this strategy a whirl, and as always stay safe and report crimes to APD.

If it is not an emergency, call 907-786-8900 and press “0.” If it is an emergency call 911.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our update! Please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend,

 

admin @ October 13, 2017

Update for October 6, 2017

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It’s another beautiful Friday in Anchorage! Our office hopes your fall clean up, Halloween preparations and school year are going well!

This week we were out in the District once again dropping off safety information cards at people’s homes. If you haven’t yet found one of these yellow flyers at your home, don’t fret! We will be back out in the District next week, so long as the weather cooperates, delivering the flyers.

 

 

Below is some more information about our week and events around the District.

 

Cougar Football Playoff Time!

Our Service Football team will be hitting the gridiron hard tonight as they line up against the #1 ranked Chugiak Mustangs in the quarterfinals of the State playoffs! The game is tonight at 7 p.m., at Chugiak High School (16525 Birchwood Loop Road, Chugiak, Alaska 99567).

We hope the Varsity boys can pull this one off, and get one step closer to the State Championship game! Go Cougars!

 

Vehicle Thefts

As we are all unfortunately aware, vehicle thefts in our city have exploded over the last few years. A recent story noted that from January through August of this year, 2,018 cars have been stolen, while just two years ago 652 cars were stolen during the same period. This level of serious crime is unacceptable and our office is working to address it.

As a way to help keep an eye out for stolen vehicles, the Alaska Department of Public Safety produces the Alaska Vehicle Hot Sheet found here. If your vehicle, or a friend or family member’s vehicle, has been stolen you must absolutely report it to APD or the Troopers. If you happen to locate a stolen vehicle you should do the following: immediately call the police and follow their instructions, do not chase or engage the driver, and do your best to stay a safe distance away from the criminal as you do not know how dangerous they may be.

 

PTA Meetings

Our office always finds it so gratifying to attend the local PTA meetings at our schools. Yesterday, we attended Kasuun’s PTA meeting and learned about all the incredible events parents and teachers plan and host for the kids. Whether it be the Run-A-Thon, movie nights, fundraisers or the Fall Family event, we were very impressed with the dedication and hard work of all those involved. If you’re not a member of your local PTA we strongly encourage you to join!

Next Thursday the 12th, we will be at Trailside Elementary for their PTA meeting. The meeting will be held in the Library, and begins at 6 p.m.

 

Construction Update

Snow is on the mountains now, and that means construction season is coming to an end. We appreciate the hard work being done by contractors and DOT employees to complete as much work as possible, before the snow really flies, along the Seward Highway, Brayton Drive and other important roads in our District.

To see a more in depth description of the Seward Highway/Dimond/Dowling project click here.

Below is the weekly update from DOT regarding this important project:

Road Closure

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN: Northbound Seward Highway traffic is now on the newly constructed northbound Seward Highway. The Lore Road northbound on-ramp to the Seward Highway is CLOSED until ramp construction is complete. Please follow signs for DETOUR routes and be aware of NEW TRAFFIC PATTERNS. Note that this traffic configuration is temporary and only in effect through the winter. Additional work to complete the project will occur next year.

What You Need to Know

  • Work will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through mid-October, in order to expedite the construction process.
  • To receive email updates about this project, email SewardDowlingDimond@spawnak.com 

Project End Result

The Alaska Department of Transportation, in cooperation with QAP, is working to expand the Seward Highway from Dimond Boulevard to Dowling Road, reconfigure highway ramps and frontage roads, extend Sandalwood Place, construct a new grade separation at 76th Avenue and build new box culvert crossings for Little Campbell Creek. This project is expected to be completed in June 2019. 

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our update! Please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend,

admin @ October 6, 2017

Update for September 29, 2017

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Our office has been busy this week talking with neighbors and walking the streets of the district! You may have seen us out and about with our yellow fliers, but if not, that means we’ll probably catch you next week! Read below to hear more about our week.
Community Crime Meeting
On Monday, we were so grateful to see so many friends and neighbors at Abbott Loop Elementary School to discuss the devastating crime we’ve all been experiencing in Anchorage. Thank you so much to those who came and shared their experiences and ideas – your perspective is invaluable as our office heads to Juneau to try to make major changes to our criminal laws.
Here are a few of the takeaways we had from the community meeting:
-Sentencing reductions made by Senate Bill 91 need to be repealed
-More needs to be done to prevent and prosecute theft
-Alaska needs to expand their treatment capabilities
-Offenders need real monitoring/jail time before their trial
There were so many other constructive criticisms and insights offered, and we hope you know we were listening, taking notes, and we will be bringing your voices to Juneau for special session. If you weren’t able to make it on Monday, or didn’t get a chance to share your thoughts, please get in touch with us by calling or emailing!
Our office will be drafting and offering many amendments to repeal the dangerous changes made to our criminal laws and will keep you posted all along the way.
Safety Information to a Door Near You!
This week our office has been out going door-to-door in our neighborhoods, talking to neighbors and distributing safety information cards. Keep an eye out for our yellow cards on your door, and flag us down when you see us! We are out here to talk to you and hear what you’d like to see improved in our area.
Construction Update
As we near the end of the construction season, and beginning of the darker time of the year, we encourage everyone to be aware of the hardworking Alaskans working along our roads and thoroughfares.
DOT has provided another update on the major efforts and work occurring along the Seward Highway and Dowling this week. Please be advised of these road closure alerts.
From the DOT:
Road Closure
  • FUTURE ROAD CLOSURE: Beginning 8:00pm Friday, September 29, the roundabouts along Dowling Road near the Seward Highway (as well as the Seward Highway exit ramps) will be CLOSED through 5:30am Monday, October 2. Please plan to follow DETOUR routes via Tudor Road and Dimond Boulevard/Abbott Road.
What You Need to Know
  • Be alert to daily LANE CLOSURES and DELAYS from 9:00am to 3:30pm and from 8:00pm to 5:30am along Dowling Road and its roundabouts.

 

Cougar Football Tonight!

Our Service Football Team will be out tonight – on what looks like it will be a gorgeous fall evening – playing against the Eagles at West High School. This will just be our Varsity boys, and will start at 4:30PM.
Join us to cheer on our Cougars!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update! We really appreciate your engagement.
Our toll free number is 888-269-3879, and you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Just click on the links below. We are listening.

admin @ October 4, 2017

Update for September 22, 2017

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Crime Town Hall

On Wednesday, my office was privileged to attend a meeting with local business owners and concerned citizens regarding the rampant outbreak of crime in our city. It was a thoughtful discussion and most in attendance agreed that changes must be made to our criminal justice system, specifically relating to Senate Bill 91 (the criminal justice overhaul legislation that became law in 2016). In recent weeks and months, my office has been listening to constituents and their concerns over public safety and crime in Anchorage and our state.

To further this discussion my office is hosting a Crime Town Hall on Monday September 25th, at 6:30 p.m. at Abbott Loop Elementary. My office will be there to listen to your concerns, answers your questions and work together to address the out of control crime in our city.

We hope you can attend!

 

Special Session Proclamation

This afternoon Governor Bill Walker released his proclamation for the fourth special session of 2017. Two items are on the call of the special session: Senate Bill 54 and another version of an income tax.

Below is the official proclamation from Governor Walker.

 

I look forward to taking this opportunity to fight for the changes in our criminal laws that neighbors have been pleading for. We all deserve to live in a city and state that stands up for residents and crime victims.

 

Construction Update

As we near the end of the construction season, and beginning of the darker time of the year, we encourage everyone to be aware of the hardworking Alaskans working along our roads and thoroughfares.

DOT has provided another update on the major efforts and work occurring along the Seward Highway and Dowling this week. Please be advised of these road closure alerts.

From the DOT:

Road Closure

  • FUTURE ROAD CLOSURE: Beginning 8:00pm Friday, September 29, the roundabouts along Dowling Road near the Seward Highway (as well as the Seward Highway exit ramps) will be CLOSED through 5:30am Monday, October 2. Please plan to follow DETOUR routes via Tudor Road and Dimond Boulevard/Abbott Road. 

What You Need to Know

  • Be alert to daily LANE CLOSURES and DELAYS from 9:00am to 3:30pm and from 8:00pm to 5:30am along Dowling Road and its roundabouts. 

For more information and current updates on the project you may follow it here: http://alaskanavigator.org/projects/dowling-road-old-seward-highway-lake-otis-parkway-pavement-preservation

 

Community Council Elections

Our favorite community council in Anchorage, Abbott Loop Community Council (ALCC), is having its yearly Officer and Board of Directors elections next Thursday September 28th! We encourage you to attend to see who will be the new leaders of our District’s community council.

For more information on how to participate in the election process, or to just become involved with the ALCC, contact: Bruce Roberts, President of the ALCC at brucearoberts@hotmail.com or 907-952-9969

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our update! We hope that as we inch closer to this special session, and just in general, you stay in touch! Please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend,

admin @ September 22, 2017

Join us for a Crime Townhall!

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On Monday, September 25th, our office will be joining community members, public safety and others to share ideas and experiences regarding crime in our city. After the passage of SB 91, the current recession and with the onslaught of our state’s devastating opioid crisis, the crime rates in Anchorage, and Alaska on the whole, are out of control. We all deserve to feel safe in our neighborhoods, and know that our families and workplace are secure.

 

We will be at the Abbott Loop Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room from 6:30PM to 8PM

Bring a friend, a neighbor, and your story. We want to hear from you!

Contact the Office of Rep. Charisse Millett

Email: rep.charisse.millett@akleg.gov

Phone: 907-269-0222

1500 West Benson Blvd. Suite 408

admin @ September 20, 2017

Update for September 15th, 2017

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to a fun fall weekend! Below is an update on goings-on in our office and around town.

 

Criminal Justice in the Special Session

Our office was pleased today to see that the Governor decided to include Senate Bill 54, a bill which rolls back some of the dangerous sentencing changes made by Senate Bill 91 last year, to his special session call. This means that beginning on October 23rd, legislators will be allowed to hear, vet and hopefully vote on this bill, which had stalled in the House State Affairs Committee earlier this year.

Here are a few highlights of the bill:

  • Re-imposes jail time for repeat theft offenders
  • Re-imposes jail time for C-level felony offenders
  • Fixes sex trafficking laws to close loophole for traffickers
  • Requires that a violation of release conditions be considered a misdemeanor crime

While this bill does not roll back all of the changes made by Senate Bill 91, it is a first step towards increasing crime deterrence. There are still some worrisome and dangerous changes to our laws that our office believes need to be re-examined and altered if we want to see offenders brought to justice, and we will continue to work during this special session to see those passed. We will keep you posted as more comes to light about the Governor’s agenda for the special session and ways we can improve our terrifying crime rate.

 

Roundabout Closures on Dowling

From the Department of Transportation:

Beginning 8:00pm Friday, September 15, the roundabouts along Dowling Road near the Seward Highway (as well as the Seward Highway exit ramps) will be closed through 5:30am Monday, September 18. Please plan to follow detour routes via Tudor Road and Dimond Boulevard/Abbott Road.

Be alert to daily lane closures and delays from 9:00am to 3:30pm and from 8:00pm to 5:30am along Dowling Road and its roundabouts.

Work will occur during the day and at night. There will be lane restrictions and lane closures as well as sidewalk closures and detours due to curb ramp work. The roundabouts at Dowling Road and the Seward Highway will be completely closed (including the ramps) two separate weekends, from Friday evening till late Sunday evening. More specific dates will be shared as soon as available.

 

Great Open House at Hanshew!

We just wanted to take a minute to thank Hanshew Middle School Principal Brain, her amazing team of staff, and the Hanshew PTA for putting on such an inviting and informative Open House last night! It was a truly amazing showcase of all of the work they have put into making this a fruitful school year both for students and parents. One of the many things that Hanshew does so well is include and empower their parents – evidenced this year by monthly Parent Nights and a really valuable website full of amazing resources. Check it out here: http://hanshew.asdk12.org/parents/

Keep up the amazing work, Hawks!

 

Anchorage Museum Opening

The Anchorage Museum recently unveiled the result of their hard work and the contributions of local organizations, foundations and artists in their new wing. The Rasmuson Wing, Art of the North gallery and Discovery Center will be holding their grand opening this weekend. This expansion includes some of Alaska’s most treasured pieces of art, and some spectacular new additions, and is truly an awe inspiring experience. Bring the kids for a great educational opportunity or simply take the time to relax and browse on your own!

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our update! We hope that as we inch closer to this special session, and just in general, you stay in touch! Please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions or concerns.

 

Have a great weekend,

admin @ September 15, 2017

Update for September 8, 2017

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Good afternoon and Happy Friday! We’ve been enjoying the beginning of fall this week and taking some time to enjoy the new colors popping out on our trees around town. Our thoughts and prayers have also been with our fellow Americans in the Lower 48 who are experiencing horrifying natural disasters, and persevering despite truly unimaginable obstacles.

 

Assistance To Those In Need

In Alaska, we are intimately aware that the world we live in is incredibly fragile, and that our communities can be turned upside down overnight by natural disasters. If you are interested in helping those whose lives have been impacted by recent hurricanes, fires and life’s unexpected hurdles, you can donate to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army who both offer assistance in disaster situations:

http://www.redcross.org/

http://www.salvationarmy.org/

 


PTA’s Back in Action

Now that the school year is in full swing, the Elementary, Middle and High Schools in our community have ramped up their Parent Teacher Associations (PTA’s). Our office has been thrilled to attend these meetings at our schools. Likewise, we are continually amazed by the dedication and passion of the parents and staff who are our PTA champions. PTA’s are a vital form of support for our schools – providing assistance for staff, enriching educational experiences for students, and helping those in need. To learn more about your PTA, you can visit these links:

Abbott Loop Elementary

Hanshew Middle

Kasuun Elementary

Rilke Schule

Service High

Trailside Elementary

These organizations do so much for our schools. Consider joining this year!

 

Thank You for Your Service

Yesterday, two inspirational and dedicated service-members were honored by the Anchorage Police Department. Officer Christopher Zenyuch and Alaska Air National Guard Airman Arvin Ting showed amazing bravery and service to our community during a February 8th stabbing. They both deserve our immense gratitude. Below is a description from APD:

Everyday our officers put their lives on the line to keep Anchorage safe. In the early hours of February 8th 2017, that bravery and dedication helped save someone’s life and catch a criminal at the Carrs grocery store in Muldoon. As an armed suspect was attempting to flee the scene after stabbing a female, Airman Arvin Ting with the Alaska Air National Guard, intervened and prevented him from running towards the victim and escaping.

As the suspect turned around, there was Officer Christopher Zenyuch ready to arrest him. He then tried to escape again and Officer Zenyuch caught him. The suspect put up a fight but he was no match for Officer Zenyuch. Despite being violently attacked with a dagger by the suspect, Officer Zenyuch, along with his team of officers, arrested the man. When it was all over, Officer Zenyuch suddenly realized the suspect had sliced his hand, forehead and stabbed him during the take down. After his injuries healed, Officer Zenyuch returned to duty.


Officer Zenyuch was honored today by his teammates with the Police Shield Award. He joined the APD family last summer. Airman Ting was also honored today with the Citizen’s Award for Valor.

 

We are incredibly proud both of our dedicated police officers and citizen heroes. Thank you for your bravery.

9/11 Remembrance Day

This coming Monday will mark the 16th anniversary of the fateful September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. That day changed the entire course of our nation, and the lives of millions of Americans forever. To those who lost loved ones that day, rest assured their lives and stories will never be forgotten. We deeply thank the men and women throughout the country who rose up after those horrific attacks to defend our freedoms abroad, and to rebuild here at home.

To remember and honor the fallen, Congress designated 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Since 2002, the nonprofit organization 9/11 Day has been organizing and engaging in tremendous charitable service on 9/11 annually, as a way to remember and honor the victims and survivors of the attacks.

Connecting with 9/11 day organizers and volunteers is easy. Simply check out the Corporation for National and Community Service’s website located here: https://www.serve.gov/site-page/september-11th-national-day-service-and-remembrance

 

Seward Highway Update

Another update from the AK DOT is in regarding the ongoing project along the Seward Highway. Check it out below.

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN: Southbound Seward Highway traffic has shifted from the Seward Highway to Homer Drive, which now acts the southbound Seward Highway. Northbound Seward Highway traffic has shifted from the Seward Highway to Brayton Drive, which now acts as the northbound Seward Highway. Be alert to a reduced speed limit of 45 MPH throughout the construction zone.

Please note that no side road access will be permitted to and from the Homer Drive and Brayton Drive frontage roads during construction.

Work will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through mid-October, in order to expedite the construction process.

 

We hope you have a safe and relaxing weekend! Please stay in touch with any questions or comments.

 

admin @ September 8, 2017

Update for September 1, 2017

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Good afternoon and happy September everyone! We hope you have some fun plans in store for what is shaping up to be a great Labor Day weekend! Moose and caribou hunting seasons are now open in many areas of Alaska, the State Fair is in high gear and there are still Silvers to be caught down on the Kenai!

 

Kenai River Classic

Last week, I had the privilege of participating in the 25th Annual Kenai River Classic fishing event put on by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA). Many great Alaskans, including business executives, policy shapers, and government officials attended the excellent event, which late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens helped co-found.

We were able to catch some world famous Kenai River silver salmon, and help raise funds for habitat restoration and fisheries education programs. A huge thank you is owed to the entire KRSA Board of Directors, staff, and countless volunteers who helped make this event a “splashing” success!

 

Construction Update

Contractor and DOT crews are still hard at work on the Seward Highway project between Dowling and Dimond. If you are having trouble accessing side roads or with directions in the project corridor, please feel free to give my office a call! We are here to help you out!

See the weekly project update from the Alaska Department of Transportation below:

Wednesday, August 30

Weekly Update

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN: Southbound Seward Highway traffic has shifted from the Seward Highway to Homer Drive, which now acts the southbound Seward Highway. Northbound Seward Highway traffic has shifted from the Seward Highway to Brayton Drive, which now acts as the northbound Seward Highway. Be alert to a reduced speed limit of 45 MPH throughout the construction zone.

Please note that no side road access will be permitted to and from the Homer Drive and Brayton Drive frontage roads during construction. Work will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through mid-October, in order to expedite the construction process.

 

Game Time!

Our Service High boy’s football team is gearing up for a big game against hillside rival South High. Tomorrow evening, at 5pm, the Varsity boys will be playing the Wolverines at South High (13400 Elmore Rd, Anchorage, Alaska 99516).

Likewise, the girls’ varsity flag football team is playing against East tomorrow morning at 11:30am. They will be taking on the Thunderbirds at East High School (4025 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508).

If the weather forecast holds, it should be a spectacular day for some fall football!

Get out there and cheer on our Cougars!

 

Special Session in October

The news hit yesterday that Governor Walker intends to call the Legislature back into a fourth special session of the year, to deal specifically with measures to raise taxes. We expect the Governor to call us into special session on Monday, October 23, 2017.

As of today, we don’t know the particulars about the type of tax (or taxes) the Governor will propose. However, by the end of September we should have an understanding of what he envisions.

Stay tuned on this developing situation. My office will certainly want to hear how you feel about the tax proposals when they are unveiled.

 

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Thank you so much for your interest and engagement! We hope you stay in touch via phone, email or social media!

 

All my best,

 

admin @ September 1, 2017

Update for August 25, 2017

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Communication with the Police Department

The Anchorage Police Department is working to bolster opportunities for community connection with their new Community Relations Unit. According to the department, the new team’s main mission is to better connect APD with Anchorage residents and organizations. My office encourages you to take advantage of this new tool by emailing Communications Director, MJ Thim, mthim@muni.org, with questions or requests from your organization or yourself.

There are other ways to stay in touch with our city’s police department, including:

  • NIXLE: A text and email alert system updated by Anchorage public safety. Alerts come in quickly regarding fires, crimes, missing persons, major road closures, public safety incidents and what your police department is up to. Sign up for Nixle today!
  • Crime Mapping System: The online crime mapping system is a great way to know about reported crime in your area. Community Crime Map allows you to see what kinds of crimes are occurring in your community. To check out the online APD Crime Mapping site visit: http://communitycrimemap.com/
  • Non-emergency Line: If you have information to share with the police department that doesn’t require an immediate officer response, APD has a non-emergency line: 907-786-8900, press “0” to speak with a dispatcher.

My office is here to help find further ways to increase safety in our community. If you see ways that we can better work together to keep our roads and neighborhoods more secure, I want to hear them! Please stay in touch.

 

Safety Around Schools

As parents, students and just about all of us already know, Anchorage schools are back in session! This means that as we drive along our roads, there are kiddos making their way to and from school, and our awareness of our surroundings needs to increase. School buses are picking up their charges, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work.

It’s critically important for drivers to slow down (especially in school zones with flashing yellow lights) and pay attention before and after school.

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

Have a great semester and stay safe!

 

Seward Highway Update

Construction should continue, weather dependent, along the Seward Highway for roughly another month and a half. Crews are expected to be working 7 days per week, 24 hours a day, so please be aware of the construction zone speed limits. Alaska DOT’s most recent update of the large project, is below. We thank DOT for their ongoing outreach.

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN: Southbound Seward Highway traffic has shifted from the Seward Highway to Homer Drive, which now acts as the southbound Seward Highway. Northbound Seward Highway traffic has shifted from the Seward Highway to Brayton Drive, which now acts as the northbound Seward Highway. Be alert to a reduced speed limit of 45 MPH throughout the construction zone.

Please note that no side road access will be permitted to and from the Homer Drive and Brayton Drive frontage roads during construction.

By the end of 2017, the necessary bridge, walls, box culverts and storm structures will be constructed to reopen the Seward Highway to motorists. The 2018 construction season will focus on the 76th Avenue/Lore Road connection, as well as improvements to the frontage roads and ramps. This project is expected to be complete in June 2019.

 

Spotlight on Cougar Volleyball!

Today and tomorrow our Lady Cougar Volleyball teams will be competing in Chugiak in their first meets of the season! We are consistently in awe of these strong, smart student athletes and their commitment to their sport and to their community. We look forward to their Spike Out Breast Cancer event every year, which raises money for breast cancer research and support. Look out for these upcoming meets:

Aug. 25-26: Chugiak Invitational

Aug. 29: Service at Chugiak

Sep. 5: West at Service

Sep. 8: East at Service

Sep. 9: C-1 and C-2 Tournaments

Sep. 9: JV Tournament

Go Cougars!

 

State Fair!

Corn dogs, cotton candy, giant pumpkins, concerts, lumberjack shows and roller coasters – it must be State Fair time! Yesterday kicked off the annual State Fair held at the Palmer State Fairgrounds. As always, the nearly two-week long fair boasts an incredible line up of food, exhibits, concerts, entertainment and fun for the whole family. My office looks forward to making our way out there to enjoy some of the amazing Alaskan grown products our farmers have produced! To see the whole line up of events and fun check out the State Fair’s website here: http://www.alaskastatefair.org/site/#alaska-state-fair

 

 

admin @ August 25, 2017